Kristine Freeman-croppedI admit, as we began to discuss the possibility of consolidation just a short while ago, I wasn’t sure it was such a good idea. As a Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram Board member I had a strong bias. I wondered, would consolidation benefit the Ashram or burden it?

I began my personal contemplation by reviewing the SVA vision statement. If the Ashram was a yogic text, the vision statement would be its first sutra. You know, the one that gives the whole teaching of the text in just a few words, or in this case the whole purpose of the organization in just a few words. Here’s what it says:

To engage in and teach the worship of Paramashiva, the all-pervasive divine reality, with a focus on finding and experiencing the divine within the individual human being.

And then it hit me… where did I first find and experience the divine within my individual being? It was in a Svaroopa® Yoga class! I found it as a student, and then went on to share it as a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher. Meditation and yoga philosophy are my focus now, but I never would have found them without the Magic Four.

The physical practices of Svaroopa® yoga and the meditative practices of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram are both such valuable gateways to the experience of Self. I finally realized that SVA would benefit greatly from its consolidation with MYF, an organization that facilitates that experience of Self for so many.

OM svaroopa svasvabhava.h namo nama.h